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Broken Hearts Club: Live at Toynbee Studios

Curated by Katarzyna Perlak

Artists' films and performances celebrating love, loss and heartbreak

Film still, courtesy of Katarzyna Perlak

An evening of artists’ films and performances celebrating love, loss and heartbreak curated by Katarzyna Perlak.

Featuring video works by
Yarli Allison
Cristine Brache & Tara Long
Florence Peake
Katarzyna Perlak

And live performance by Rebecca Bellantoni

Katarzyna’s will also be performing a virtual version of her work ‘Broken Hearts Hotel’ on Valentine’s Day.

Katarzyna Perlak is a Polish-born artist, based in London. Her background is in Philosophy, which she studied in Poland, and Fine Art Media which she studied at Camberwell College of Arts (2008) and Slade School of Fine Art (2017). Her films have been shown widely at film festivals across Europe and she was part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2017. She has exhibited internationally, including: Young Curators New Ideas V, Detroit Art Week, Detroit, I was, but just awake, Art Night, London (2019); Tighten Throat and Butterflies, Metal, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2018); A Day of Learning, Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (2017); SURVEY II, Jerwood Arts, London and Remote Intimacies, Leslie – Lohman Museum of Arts, New York & ONE Archives, Los Angeles, (2021).

Yarli is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, UK based art-worker with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, performance, digital, film, drawing and installation. Yarli graduated in 2017 with an MFA in Sculpture from The Slade School of Fine Art, UK. 

Her recent/upcoming works are exhibiting at VIDEOTAGE Gallery, HK (NOV 2020), TAI KWUN CONTEMPORARY, HK (MAY 2021), LINZ FMR, Austria (JUN 2021), FACT Liverpool (OCT 2021), Institute of Contemporary Arts: ICA London (FEB 2022). Recent grants include Hong Kong Art Council Project Grant, and Canadian Council for the Arts Travel Grant.

Cristine Brache often takes her personal and family history as a starting point to explore shared histories and trauma, womanhood, and the inevitable power dynamics that accompany these themes. Predominantly working in installation, sculpture, text, and film, the artist, filmmaker, and poet is interested in how people codify their behaviors and appearances for survival and adaptation in oppressive environments. Brache received her MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, with recent solo exhibitions including those held at Fierman Gallery, New York, Miami’s Locust Projects, and Anat Ebgi in Los Angeles). Her work has been featured in festivals and group exhibitions internationally.

Tara Elizabeth Long is an interdisciplinary artist. As a musician, she performs under the name Poorgrrrl, and has released two EPs, Pitiparti and All Smoke No Fire. She has performed at hundreds of experimental sound shows and music festivals. Long is also a curator of the International Noise Conference, Miami. Currently, she is researching the history of noise music and creating scores for experimental videos and livestream performances.

Florence Peake is a London-based artist who has been making solo and group performance works intertwined with an extensive visual art practice since. Peake produces movement, interactive sculpture, paintings that use the whole body’s physicality, text, film and drawings which respond and intercept each other to articulate, extend and push ideas.Her work explores notions of materiality and physicality: the body as site and vehicle of protest; the erotic and sensual as tools for queering materiality. Peake is part of the Hayward Gallery’s touring British Art Show 9 (2021). Peake’s work has been presented at  National Gallery (2021), Arsenic theatre and Sudpol theatre in Switzerland (2020), Venice Biennale 2019; CRAC Occitanie, Sète, France (2018), Bosse & Baum, London, UK (2019); De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK (2018); Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France (2018); Hayward Gallery, London UK (2018), Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2017), Studio Leigh, London UK (2017); Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome, Italy (2017); Serpentine, London UK (2016); Whitechapel Gallery,London, UK (2016); ICA, London (2016); Modern Art Oxford (2016); BALTIC, Newcastle UK (2013), Frieze, London UK (2013), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2012).

Luton, The Galaxy, The Mall.
The ‘Anti Bio’.‘Non performers’, ‘Non Dancers’ everything that we are told we are not good at or need a qualification for.
Humour x 100000.
Saying I am everything but an artist and watching how people’s facial expression change. Power Dynamics.
The internet (beware 2nd hand information and the vacuous).
Performance as a survival technique.
Embarrassing myself during depressive episodes.
Bass players.
My Mother and Father (RIP).
Sci Fi as a survival technique.
Mental Health.
Sub woofers.
Dressing up as other things.
Friends above the age of 70yrs old.
Exciting poetry.
My ongoing Death Doulaship training (Be weary of it ever being done)

Rebecca Bellantoni is a London based artist who mines everyday occurrences and abstracts them; focused on the lives of Black people. Often investigating, through the lens of metaphysics, theology, philosophy, religion and spirituality and the aesthetics of them. 

Some recent works have been presented at/with Frieze LIVE, Somerset House (Rowdy SS), Den Stroom, The Hague (Languid Hands), V&A Lates(Rowdy SS) , Ravens Row, PUBLICs, Helsinki (Adelaide Bannerman) Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Art Night London (Nikki Agency) and Goldsmiths Library (Present Futures). She is currently in production for the ICA’s Image Behaviour moving image commission.

  • We have reduced capacities to allow for social distancing.
  • We ventilate the space as best as possible before audiences arrive.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear masks while in the building including while seated, unless exempt. 
  • We are working hard to make Toynbee Studios as safe as possible and are committed to an inclusive reopening. Read about the safety measures we have in place. 

  • The Arts Bar & Café is wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.
  • All toilets at Toynbee Studios are gender neutral.
  • Please note that the films being shown are not captioned.
  • Please email if you have any further access requests.

Date and time

17 February 2022
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Please note that the films being shown are not captioned.

Please note
This is now a past event.


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